Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dilly Scallops #Recipe + #Giveaway from guest @MaddieDayAuthor

Agatha- and Macavity-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day, she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Edith lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats, and gardens and cooks when she isn’t wasting time on Facebook.

Take it away, Edith! 

Thanks for having me back on Mystery Lovers’ kitchen! I’m delighted to have a new series debuting with Murder on Cape Cod set in a fictional town on scenic coastal Cape in the southeast corner of Massachusetts. It’s been so fun to invent bike shop owner Mackenzie Almeida, her world, and the cast of regular characters, which includes her parents, brother, and little niece, plus many of the shopkeepers and the head librarian in Westham.

Mac is a neat freak bordering on obsessive, but hey, she lives in a tiny house (with her African gray parrot Belle) and she repairs bicycles, which have lots of tiny parts to keep track of.  She doesn’t cook to speak of, but her hunky baker boyfriend Tim sure does. He whips up these tasty easy scallops in a few minutes after they return home from rescuing Mac’s brother from a nasty actual fall as well as a fall off the wagon. Enjoy!

Tim's Seared Scallops

1 pound large sea scallops
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, pressed
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced (I somehow arrived home from the market without the fresh dill, so I took these pictures with a sprig of fresh rosemary, but ended up using dried dill in the dish)

Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Season one side with salt and pepper.
Heat oil and butter in wide skillet on medium-high heat until butter foams. Lay scallops seasoned-side down in skillet and let sear without touching for two minutes. Turn and add the garlic. Cook another minute and a half. Sprinkle with lemon juice and remove to a warm platter. Add wine and de-glaze the pan until the sauce thickens. Spoon over scallops with a sprinkle of dill. Serve on a bed of buttered pasta, over rice, or next to buttered, herbed potatoes. 

What's the book about?

Summer is busy season for Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead she discovers the body of Jake Lacey, and her brother soon becomes a suspect. Mac’s only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cozy mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cozy Capers. To clear her brother’s name, Mac has to summon help from her book group co-investigators. For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending.

The book releases December 18 in a paperback exclusive from Barnes and Noble. It will re-release a year later in all formats on all platforms. This is an experimental deal between Barnes and Noble and Kensington and none of us is quite sure how it will fly. In the meantime, I’d love to give away a signed copy to one commenter here today. Tell me do you like to ride a bike, or what's your favorite thing to do on vacation?  Leave your email so I can contact you if you win. (Click on the COMMENT button below).

You can find Edith/Maddie at the Wicked Authors, on Killer Characters and her web site, and on social media: 

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  1. Haven't rode a bike since my youth when I take a vacation I like to tour, venture out in trying a new dish some place

  2. These scallops look tasty. I love visiting museums when I go on vacation.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  3. Physically I can no longer ride a bike, but I loved it when I was younger. I enjoy baseball games and stadiums, museums, restaurants, etc., on trips.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  4. I am so excited about this new series! Owning a bike shop sounds fun, of course without the dead body! I like the lineup of characters the series will have, especially the librarian and the book club.
    I haven't ridden a bike in a very long time. I really do enjoy it. The whole sense of freedom you feel when you ride one is exhilarating!
    Thank you for giving away a copy of this.

  5. Looking forward to reading this new book. I love to ride bikes and my favorite thing to do on vacation is read & enjoy life. Thank you for the giveaway. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

  6. I haven't ridden a bike since I was in grade school. Navigating traffic always scared me since I felt so unprotected. When I am on vacation, I love trying new foods or local dishes, wandering the town or the hiking trails, and relaxing with a book in hand and a pot tea beside me.

    I have never attempted to cook scallops. I think I am scarred from watching too much Hell's Kitchen.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  7. I do like riding a bike, and should resume it. On vacation I love to visit the local places and meet new people. trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

  8. I’m not a bike ricer but I do like going for walks when I’m on vacation
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  9. I don't ride anymore, so my favorite thing to do is walking.

    Theresa N
    weceno at yahoo dot com

  10. I would ride a bike if I had one. Since I don't, I walk.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  11. I love to visit my friend at the Cape. We don't bike but we do walk a lot & visit the beaches.

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  13. I haven't rode a bike in years. My favorite thing to do on vacation is eat. kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com.

  14. I have not road a bike in a few years! I did enjoy it though. The scallops look amazing. I love scallops cooked with butter, garlic, and dry white wine. I have served them with fettuccini and pesto, and of course fresh French bread! Meg85242 (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. I took up bike riding when we moved to south Florida--great exercise and fun vistas.
    But my cranky neck and shoulders couldn't handle it, so I stopped.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Gotta stop when the body complains, for sure, Libby.

  16. I used to ride my bicycle all over the city and visit friends, go to the library, the pool and enjoy the sunshine and summer. That was then. Now I walk everywhere since riding a bike gives me vertigo. I enjoy visiting new places and a beach for a quiet vacation or a historic town for an interesting change. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Riding a bike was wonderful when I was young and life was simple and free. We would ride bikes all day long and explore. The kids had a real life of fun. Now I do not ride a bike since traffic and health problems interfere. When I am on a vacation I love seeing new sights and learning about them. It makes my life fuller and fun. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Edith, the recipe looks delicious. I have a bike, but haven't ridden it in quite a while. It's usually too hot! As for vacations, I love to walk around the area we're visiting, taking in the sights and food.

  19. I haven't been on a bike since the late 80's down in Colonial Williamsburg. Over the last 30 or so years we've spent many wonderful vacations on the Cape and one day I'd love to own a year round vacation home there. I love your writing and would be honored to add this title to my my home library (2300 and growing).

    1. I went to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2000! I went to Busch Gardens, the Colonial area, and outlet shopping. Loved it.

  20. I haven't ridden a bike since childhood. The scallops look delicious. I did enjoy seeing Cape Cod years ago and look forward to your new series.

  21. Walking has replaced biking - too many distracted drivers and pedestrians to deal with while biking.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  22. I love biking! Unfortunately my daughter's bike broke, and she's been using mine, so we have not had a chance to bike as a family lately. Maybe in the After Christmas sales we can find a bike for me and she can keep my old one.

  23. I haven't been on a bike in years, not sure how safe it would be now. On vacation I like to visit historical sites and places I've read about and interesting vacation sites.

    1. Ahh, historical sites - they make my heart go pitter-patter...

  24. I love to ride a bike and my favorite thing to do on vacation is to walk on the beach. Of course, that’s in warm areas. I also like to take an on/off bus or trolley tour of the area. I learn s